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hope my experience can help, i try to summarize the most important aspects.
2 years ago i dislocated my ankle but then i fell from crutches re-twisting it. i understood something was very wrong as i wasn't able to take the shoe off. infact the ankle was broken on both sides and ligaments damaged. when the cast came off i was in bad pains, but thought was just part of the recovery. i was put in a fiber cast that was unstable and painful, but i wasn't smart enough to understand the situation.
again, after 4 weeks the foot was still in agony and i was given the plastic boot "to stimulate healing" and i have always been in pain trying to walk on the stupid thing.
when the boot came off my ankle was still painful and unstable, i had to use braces/boot or crutches 100%. so i opted for a ligament reconstruction, big mistake, as in reality i was still healing from the fracture. infact the surgery didn't make a great difference, it required 8 more weeks in the boot and i discovered a bad osteoporosis caused by disuse, i was told not to worry.
i kept using boot and braces but was still unconfortable, i tryied to push and overdid causing stress fractures to the heel, from x-rays the original break was finally healing but osteoporosis was bad.
finally pains started to decrease but i reinjured my ankle and fractured it quite badly. no major dislocation but i broke also the bones in the foot (tarsus). luckly the specialist explained that all the problems were caused by the insufficient healing of the original injury.
my entire leg was plastered up to the groin for 4 months (3 months totally NWB), then 2 months in a short walking cast. recently the last cast have been removed, to my surprise the ankle felt absolutely GREAT. it's a bit numb for the long immobilization but now no sharp unbearable pains, no floppy feel.
i have a supportive bandage but i can definitively tell the difference.
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